How to Recover Deleted Data from the Dropbox on Mac or Windows

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Write By Jason

Dropbox is one of the famous applications that help people to store data files so that they can be transferred between two different places with ease.

It has a large user group because it is easy to use. All the data files you use to create the backup files will be stored in the Dropbox folder. And then, these data files will be stored for 30 days, and after which they will be deleted automatically.

So, if you have forgotten to retrieve the data files, the data files were deleted. Then, if you still want to recover those data files, you can follow the tutorial here, which is workable on both Windows and Mac computers.

Also, get to know what to do if your Dropbox is not syncing.

How to Retrieve Lost or Deleted Files from Dropbox on Computer

Step 1. Power on your computer and connect to a steady network.

Step 2. Log in to your account of Dropbox, and then go to the “Show deleted files” option.

Show deleted files on Dropbox

Step 3. Now you can see a lot of deleted data files there, which have been deleted within the last 30 days. Move your mouse to the data files you want to recover and find the reversed triangle on the most right. Click on it to bring up the drop-down menu.

select deleted files

Step 4. On the drop-down menu, you need to choose the “Undelete” option. After that, you can find it in the folder of the backed-up files.

undelete files

Step 5. If you choose “Previous versions” from the drop-down menu, you will be able to preview the data files and choose from the data files.

By the way, here is everything about Windows File Recovery for your reference.

How to Retrieve Lost or Deleted Files from Dropbox Website

If you don’t have an application of Dropbox on your computer, you can open a browser and go to the official website of Dropbox to recover the data files like this.

Step 1. Log in to your Dropbox. And then click on the “Events” option on the home page.

Retrieve Lost or Deleted Files from Dropbox Website

Step 2. Then you will find many deletions on the screen. You can click on them to see the details.

Step 3. Then, there will be an option of “Restore these files,” which allows you to restore these deleted data files to the Dropbox folder for recovering again. Just click on it.


Step 4. If you want to recover the specific data files or folders, you can do this: go to the trash can, which is near the search bar, and then you can see all the deleted data files and folders after 30-day storage. And then, you can choose the one you want to recover and click on the “Restore” button.


Now here are some tips that help you avoid data loss on Dropbox:

  • 1. Name the backup files on your Dropbox with the dates you created. In this way, you can easily remember to recover important data files.
  • 2. Create the backup files of your work files with the Dropbox of the latest version so that you can have the best protection on your data files.